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The following article by Irek Murtazin titled “Trojan Code: Hackers and Chekists Suspected of State Treason in Passing Secret Data to the Americans,” was published today by the independent news site Novaya Gazeta regarding the arrest of a Kaspersky Laboratory employee and an FSB agent which we reported yesterday.
There are other versions of the story of these arrests and the motivation for them, and other additional analysis which we will summarize in the next post.
Details of the arrest of Sergei Mikhailov, director of the 2nd operations department of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Center for Information Security (TsIB) are coming in. Our sources have confirmed that Mikhailov really was detained during a meeting of the FSB’s board. In fact, the arrest was made with theatrical flourish; they put a black bag over the head of this FSB officer, who is suspected of state treason.
Today, according to our information, besides Ruslan Stoyanov, an employee of Kaspersky Laboratory and Sergei Mikhailov of the FSB, two more people were arrested. One is a colleague of Mikhailov’s, an officer at the FSB Center for Information Security.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick